Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/12/12
There was no shame in placing second in Saturday’s Class AA High School Division (varsity) at the 2nd annual Philadelphia Indoor Lacrosse Championships at Feasterville’s Sportsplex.
Indeed, Jags Lacrosse had much consolation after bowing, 9-5, to Laxachusetts (MA) in the title game.
Laxachusetts was a team comprised of all Division I committed players from the Boston area. Laxachusetts won its four pool games by a combined score of 40-8 and then toppled the NOVA Generals (VA), 11-6 in the semifinals.
The Jags, despite missing five of its top players, also went undefeated in pool play and then edged the Long Island Jesters, 11-10, in the semis.
In the finals, the Jags – based out of Delaware County – drew as close as 6-5 late in the game, but were never able to forge a tie. Still, Jags coach Frank Urso was happy with his team’s performance.
The 12-team AA tourney followed a free clinic put on by Johnny Mouradian, the General Manager and Coach of the Philadelphia Wings and a man recognized as one of the most knowledgeable teachers ever of Box Lacrosse. Mouradian is also a director of the American Indoor Lacrosse Association, which along with the Wings were co-sponsors of the event, run by NXT Tournaments and Victory Events. The Wings Bill McGlone (Ridley) also assisted in the clinic.
All games Saturday used full Box Lacrosse rules for the first time.
In the morning, NXT 2015 edged Boro Pride (NJ), 7-6, in overtime to win the High School Class A tourney as Sam Friedman (Conestoga freshman) won it just second in the extra frame. Click here for full story.
Today, 24 more teams in the Grades 5-6, and 7-8 classes are playing, with a combination of Box Lacrosse and Indoor Lacrosse rules.
Jags Lacrosse did all it could to stay close to the talented Laxachusetts.
“We played well,” said Urso. “It was a 6-5 game at one point so we hung in there.
“But we started to rush things down the stretch. I thought we had the speed advantage and we tried to take advantage of the speed, but we made some mistakes.”
Urso said all his played performed well, but he also pointed out that goalie Mike Selverian was a standout in the small Box Lacrosse cage. Selverian is not a lacrosse goalie; but is a goalie on the Garnet Valley hockey team.
“He is a midfielder for us, but since he’s a hockey goalie is made all the sense in the world. He know body positioning; he is one of the better hockey goalies in the Central League. He played awesome.”
Urso said his team exceeded expectations.
“We only had half our team and moved up three from the JV,” he said. “I didn’t expect us to get to the championship game.
“It was a good experience for the rest of the guys. The kids learned a lot.”